The Founder Resolve

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Investing in founder-led businesses is comforting to me. Investing in founder-led businesses is comforting to me. They have the ability to see the forest through the trees and do what is necessary to evolve the business.

5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

In this Dreamit Dose, associates Alana Hill and I, Elliot Levy , offer five things we wish founders knew after screening over 1,000 startups in the last year. That’s something I didn’t realize when I was a founder sitting on the other side of the table.

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Announcing the Founder Support Fund

GAN

I’m excited to announce the Founder Support Fund. It’s an evergreen microgrant-making fund dedicated to supporting founders’ mental and emotional health and well-being. And many startup founders have been particularly affected by the stress and unknowns of this time. .

Founder Led Companies

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I remember about fifteen years ago, a well-known VC said to me “you need to sell a company within a few years of the founder leaving. Companies can’t sustain their innovation after a founder leaves.”

Founders Share Stories and Encouragement on Mental Wellness

GAN

Over the past few months, the GAN Community came together to support startup founders who have been deeply impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Startup life is hard enough; now, the pandemic has left many founders in an impossible position.

Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

500

500 actively invested in founders who were diverse or were building for diverse customers; we shunned manels by making sure to feature female speakers at our events, so that it wasn’t predominantly men doing the talking.

Four Questions Founders Should Ask Before Joining an Accelerator

GAN

Doing so means getting a lot of things right, and one of the most critical is that founders receive the correct support while they’re in-program. Building a community of other founders they can work alongside, who really get what it’s like.

13 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Business Advice

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Ai-Ling Wong—founder at The Decorateur. Alex Louey—founder and managing director at Appscore . Andrea Grisdale—founder and CEO at IC Bellagio. David Fastuca—founder at Ambisie and founder at Locomote. Demi Markogiannaki—founder at WeTeachMe.

Announcing Founders’ Co-op V

Founders Coop

Our LPs, many of whom are founders themselves, love our commitment to being first and fast, writing high-conviction pre-seed and seed checks to the best technical founding teams in the Pacific Northwest. We have an enviable track record of helping those founders raise from the best later-stage investors in the world. And with over 200 companies in our combined portfolios, we’ve assembled the most powerful founder support network in the region.

5 ways founders and CEOs can diversify their leadership teams

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The post 5 ways founders and CEOs can diversify their leadership teams appeared first on THE BLOG. Debbie Goodman is an EO Los Angeles member and Global CEO of Jack Hammer , an executive search resource that helps organizations find great leaders.

The Four Tenets of Conscious Capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kent Gregoire is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member and founder of Symphony Advantage, which helps CEOs achieve ongoing success through strategic thinking, advice and planning. Contributed to EO by Kent Gregoire.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

Here’s the thing, though: We know that an uneven amount of dollars go to founders in major tech hubs—the Londons and San Franciscos of the world. And, three years into running our fund at GAN Ventures, with over 25 investments (almost exclusively in founders operating in cities like the ones I just mentioned), we’ve seen investment markups on a full third of our portfolio. Most founders in smaller cities are already leaders in their communities. (It’s

The Real Problem With Being a Solo Founder and How to Overcome It

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Everyone will warn you against being a solo founder, but it’s not as impossible as you might think Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ». business entrepreneurship startup founder-stories founders

The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

This is going to be BIG.

In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

Founder Control

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As I said in this post , I am generally a “one share one vote proponent”, but I have supported founder control provisions in a few companies where I was or am on the board. The founder had a 10:1 supervoting provision and controlled a majority of the board seats. But I can only imagine that WeWork was running out of cash and needed funds from its existing investors and the founder had to cede all of that to keep the company afloat.

Women millionaire founders under 35: Three different journeys

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Contributed by Libby Rothschild , EO New Jersey, the founder of Dietitian Boss , an online education and coaching platform that shows registered dietitians how to start, grow and scale a virtual private practice.

Introducing Trust, and the Importance of Product-Founder Fit

Both Sides of the Table

founders, marketers, investors?—?and As a VC, one of the key things I’m looking for in any new investor is “product-founder fit” e.g. does this founder have an insight or advantage that makes them uniquely suited to successfully build this product and business?

8 Traits of Successful Startup Founders

Entrepreneur's Handbook

entrepreneur venture-capital startup founders entrepreneurshipAre You Cut Out to Leave Corporate Life For an Adventure? Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

The Founder and Investor Trust Problem: It's not what you think.

This is going to be BIG.

Founders seem to get that. Don’t get me wrong—I don’t mean trust in the sense that VCs think founders are just going to get a fake passport and move to Fiji, or that investors are secretly plotting to take over the company.

Why We Invest in Authentic Founders

GAN

When GAN Ventures considers whether to invest in a startup, we look for four primary things: Authentic founders: Founders that know their own strengths and weaknesses and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Passionate founders: Founders that joyfully know more about their market than most people would think is normal to know about anything. Authentic founders communicate what’s going on with themselves.

The Difference Between Rich Founders and Poor Founders, From an ex-VC

Entrepreneur's Handbook

It’s not about being rich, it’s about repeatedly building value What some people think will happen when you become a founder | source I love the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Let’s tastefully call this phenomenon: Rich Founder, Poor Founder. Most founders end up owning 5%-20%.

A Founder's Guide to Notes & SAFEs: Caps, Discounts & More

Dream It

We hear founders say “I did a SAFE and inventors get a 20% discount and a $7m cap”. Sophisticated investors will argue that an uncapped note or SAFE misaligns founder and investor interests. Raising early-stage funding?

Welcoming Ally to the Founders’ Co-op Family

Founders Coop

But like it says in our name, we invest in founders first and businesses second. We didn’t chose to partner with Ally founder Vetri Vellore just because of the amazing business he’s built, but also because of the passion and thoughtfulness with which he is building it. Welcome Vetri, to the Founders’ Co-op family!

10 Mistakes Smart Founders Make That Destroy Entrepreneurial Success

Entrepreneur's Handbook

startup work entrepreneurship business foundersSometimes the more you know, the less you do Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

5 Mistakes Derailing Startup Founders

StartupNation

Sometimes when you’re in the zone as a founder, a case of the twisties can utterly derail progress. The top 5 mistakes founders make right before burning their startup to the ground: Waiting too long to launch. Arriving at a minimum viable product or MVP is torture for founders.

The Key to Becoming a Successful Startup Founder

Entrepreneur's Handbook

startup-life founders entrepreneurship venture-capital startupExperience is critical for building a startup. Here’s the best way to get it. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

How to find a Technical Co-Founder for your Startup

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Advice for non-technical founders for finding a serious CTO for your startup Finding a co-founder is hard work. Finding a technical co-founder is even harder. Yet, the benefits of having a technical co-founder make it all worthwhile.

Dear Sophie: What are the visa options for international founders?

TechCrunch

Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” Dear Sophie, I started a startup in Pakistan with a couple of co-founders a few years ago.

Free Money for Student Tech Founders

David Teten VC

We have collected a wide range of freebies, contests, accelerators, online communities, and VCs designed for student tech founders. The Kauffman Foundation found 47% of US tech founders held degrees in STEM while 34% held degrees in business, finance, and accounting.

Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19

500

The post Look Outside of Silicon Valley to See How Founders Can Be Successful Post-Covid-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. Founders International Covid-19 entrepreneurs global ecosystems innovation500 Startups kicked off a new series called Innovation Coffee Breaks.

5 More Things VCs Wish Startup Founders Knew

Dream It

co-founder). This shows that you’re comfortable at “trial closing” and the type of founder who actively looks for the “obstacles to sale.” It set you miles apart from other founders and quickly demonstrate your sales skills.

When Startups Fail, It’s Usually Because Founders Overlook These 3 Obvious Things

Entrepreneur's Handbook

work business entrepreneurship founders startupAre you the type of entrepreneur who get distracted by minutia that doesn’t really matter? Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

4 Personal Branding Strategies for Startup Founders

StartupNation

Being a startup founder is a very tough but rewarding experience. The only difference between you and “successful” startup founders with personal brands is that they acted. The post 4 Personal Branding Strategies for Startup Founders appeared first on StartupNation.

3 Simple Ways Startup Founders Eliminate Burnout

Entrepreneur's Handbook

mental-health psychology entrepreneurship startup foundersLearn how to cultivate sustainable success by optimizing your mental, physical, and emotional health. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

UK report spotlights the huge investment gap facing diverse founders

TechCrunch

VC has been invested over the past decade according to race, gender and educational background makes for grim reading — with all-ethnic teams and female entrepreneurs receiving just a fraction of available funding versus all-white teams and male founders.